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North Country National Scenic Trail Association

Central New York Chapter

      CNY NCTA CHAPTER EVENTS

    2020

Come out and meet other members and guests of the Central New York Chapter of the North Country Trail Association.  We look forward to a great season of recreational and work hikes.  If you would like more information about a particular hike or event, call the volunteer coordinator listed in the description.


When you go on a hike, be sure to dress properly, and bring a lunch and water.  Also, bring any medications that you may need, such as for bee stings.  The coordinator will arrange car pooling at the meeting place.  Remember that the coordinators are volunteers; please help them by staying with the group during the event.  Of course, hiking involves risks; anyone participating does so at his/her own risk.


Rating for Difficulty of hike:

E -  easy, level, less than 4 miles hiking distance

M - moderate, less than 1000 feet of elevation gain, 4 - 7 miles of hiking distance

S -  strenuous, 1000 to 2500 feet of elevation gain, 7 - 12 miles of hiking distance


Work Hikes: Work hikes involve trail maintenance or trail construction.  No expertise is needed.  Try one!  The club has tools.  However, if you can bring loppers or a bow saw or a weed whip, that is great.  Also, remember to bring work gloves.


Sun. Feb. 2 – Snowshoe Hike, Madison County Distillery to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (Easy) Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076)  This hike will take us over a scenic woodland trail from the new Madison County Distillery to the Art Park and back.  Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles roundtrip.  Meeting time and place: 1:30 p.m., parking lot at Madison County Distillery, 2412 Route 20 East, Cazenovia.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sat. February 15 – Snowshoe Hike, Nelson Swamp (Easy)  Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076) Join us for a snowshoe hike in Nelson Swamp Unique Area.    Hiking Distance:  3 miles roundtrip.  Meeting time and place:  1:30 p.m., parking lot at Nelson Swamp trailhead on Constine Bridge Rd, Cazenovia (1/2 mile south of intersection of Ballina Rd and Stone Quarry Rd).  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sat. Feb. 29 – Snowshoe Hike, Madison County Distillery to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (Easy) Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076)  This hike will take us over a scenic woodland trail from the new Madison County Distillery to the Art Park and back.  Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles roundtrip.  Meeting time and place: 1:30 p.m., parking lot at Madison County Distillery, 2412 Route 20 East, Cazenovia.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sun. April 19 –CANCELLED - Recreational Hike, Link Trail, Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area (Moderate) Coordinator, Steve Kinne (315-882-3684).  Come and explore the woods and streams of Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area on this 5.8 mile (round trip) hike.  We will pass a Beaver Dam, old homestead site, and an area of DEC's Young Forest Initiative project.  Meeting Time and Place: 1:30 p.m. at the parking lot on Damon Rd, New Woodstock where the Link Trail crosses (2.4 miles east of Rt. 13 in New Woodstock).


Sat. May 9 – Spring Birding Hike (Easy) – Coordinator Steve Kinne  (315-882-3684)                 

A slow, quiet hike on a section of the Link Trail of Madison County from Damon Rd. 1/2 mile south to the beaver dam complex.  This is late spring bird migration time, and we'll see how many birds we can identify by sight/sound.  A new clear cut adjacent to the trail may bring in some additional species. Bring binoculars, and any identification keys you like (e.g. books, birding apps). Hiking Distance: About 1 mile roundtrip.  Meeting Time: 8:00 AM.   Meeting place: Parking lot on Damon Rd, New Woodstock where the Link Trail crosses (2.4 miles east of Rt. 13 in New Woodstock).


Sat. May 16 – CANCELLED - Recreational Hike, Gorge Trail and Lehigh Valley Railroad Route North from Cazenovia (Moderate).  Coordinator Kathy Eisele (315-558-9912).  We will walk the route of the Lehigh Valley Railroad from the former Cazenovia Station north to Emhoff Road and back for a round trip 6.2-mile hike.  The wooded trail follows Chittenango Creek and crosses numerous ravines along the route.  The hike is mostly flat but does include a 35-step stairway.  Bring lunch or snacks; weather permitting, we will stop for a spring lunch in the woods.  Meeting Time and Place:  10:00 a.m. at the parking area behind Gissin's Photography Studio (the Old Lehigh Valley Station), 25 William St., Cazenovia.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Fri. May 22 – CANCELLED - Work Hike, Nelson Swamp – Coordinator, Scott Sellers (315-440-7076)  We will cut back growth along the trail from the trail head to Hardscrabble Road.  Bring work gloves, lopping shears, and a water bottle.  Meeting Time and Place:  9:00 a.m., parking lot at Nelson Swamp trailhead on Constine Bridge Rd, Cazenovia (1/2 mile south of intersection of Ballina Rd and Stone Quarry Rd).


Sat., June 6 – CANCELLED - National Trails Day – NCT/Link Trail Wildflower Hike (Easy)  Coordinator Mary Dineen (315-424-1284 ), Assistant Coordinator Kathy Eisele (315-558-9912). Join us for a Wildflower Hike.  In the past we have identified 57 varieties of wildflowers/plants, including the rarely seen One-flowered Cancer Root.  Joint hike with ADK-ON.  Hiking Distance:  short hike, probably a couple of miles, probably 3 hours.  Meeting time and place:  1:15 p.m., parking lot at south end of Cazenovia Lake on Rte. 20, just east of NY 92.  We will carpool to Nelson Swamp, since parking there is limited.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sun. June 21 – Photography Hike, Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area (Easy) Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076) Wildlife photographer Cliff Hopkins will lead a photography hike on the North Country Trail in Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area.  Cliff will share tips on capturing photos of wildlife, nature and scenery.  This woodland hike will cross small streams in two ravines.  Maybe we'll see some birds and wildflowers.  Hiking distance:  approx. 1 mile round trip.  Meeting time and place:  1:00 p.m. at the trailhead on Irish Hill Rd, Cazenovia (about 1 mile south of the intersection of Hardscrabble Rd. and Irish Hill Rd.).  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sat. July 11 – Recreational Hike,  Madison County Distillery to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (Easy) Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076)  This hike will take us over a scenic woodland trail from the new Madison County Distillery to the Art Park and back.  Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles roundtrip.  Meeting time and place: 1:30 p.m., parking lot at Madison County Distillery, 2412 Route 20 East, Cazenovia.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Thurs. July 23 – Trail Work Session, South of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Coordinator, Steve Kinne (315-882-3684) We will be improving sections of the North Country Trail between Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and Canastota Creek.  Bring work gloves, water and snacks.  Meeting time and place: 9:00 a.m. at the trailhead on Mt. Pleasant Rd (0.3 mile south of the traffic light at Aldi's on Rt 5 in Canastota).


Sat. July 25 – Trail Work Session, South of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Coordinator, Steve Kinne (315-882-3684) We will continue work on improving sections of the North Country Trail between Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and Canastota Creek.  Bring work gloves, water and snacks.  Meeting time and place: 9:00 a.m. at the trailhead on Mt. Pleasant Rd (0.3 mile south of the traffic light at Aldi's on Rt 5 in Canastota).


Fri. Aug. 21 – Work Hike, Details TBA


Sat. August 22 – Cancelled - Recreational Hike, BREIA Trail Section of the North Country Trail.   Coordinator Jack Miller (315-446-7257) This one-way hike will take us along  6.2 miles of the Black River Canal towpath from Ervin Park in Boonville (gently downhill) to and through the upper reaches of Lansing Kill Gorge to Pixley Falls State Park through a mix of scenery including old canal locks.  Assembly for hikers from Madison & Onondaga Counties and points south, east & west will be at the Canastota Thruway exit parking lot at 9 a.m.  Consolidate vehicles and convoy north to Ervin Park in the Village of Boonville, where northern Oneida County hikers assemble at 10 a.m. & meet southern contingent.  Spot cars at Pixley Falls and start hike from Ervin Park thereafter.  Bring lunch, for which we'll take a break mid-hike, weather permitting.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike100 Challenge.


Sun. Aug. 23 – Recreational Hike,  Madison County Distillery to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (Easy) Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076)  This hike will take us over a scenic woodland trail from the new Madison County Distillery to the Art Park and back.  Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles roundtrip.  Meeting time and place: 1:30 p.m., parking lot at Madison County Distillery, 2412 Route 20 East, Cazenovia.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Cancelled -Sat. Sept. 19 – Fungus Hike (Flat & Easy, about 1 mile) Coordinator Karen Campbell (315- 751-5881).  Ed Setliff will lead the hike in Nelson Swamp along the NCT/Link Trail - Chittenango Creek Loop. Meeting time and place: 1:15 p.m., parking lot at south end of Cazenovia Lake on Rt. 20 just east of NY 92. From here we will carpool to Nelson Swamp.  Our focus will be on the essential role fungi play in forest ecology.  Last year we lucked upon a cluster of young scarlet red Mycena leaiana mushrooms as well as a deadly poisonous destroying angel mushrooom.


Sat. Sept 26 – Recreational Hike, Canastota Creek and Lehigh Valley Railroad Route (Moderate) Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076) Our hike will begin at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery trailhead in Canastota. The first 0.8 miles will follow a winding wooded path that crosses Canastota Creek before joining the old Lehigh Valley Railroad grade. The next 2.3 miles is scenic rail trail with views of the creek below. We'll return via the same route for a round-trip distance of 6.2 miles. Meeting time and place: 1:00 p.m. at the trailhead at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery (0.3 miles south of the intersection of NY Route 5 and Mt. Pleasant St. in Canastota. Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Cancelled - Sat. Oct. 3 – Star Gazing at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park Coordinator: Mark Wadopian (315-345-3292)


Sun., Oct. 18 – ANNUAL MEETING – Coordinator: Mark Wadopian (315-345-3292)  ZOOM meeting.


Cancelled - Sun. Nov. 8 – Tree Identification Hike (Easy), Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area  Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076).  This hike will be guided by a Field Botany class from Cazenovia College under the direction of professor Thad Yorks.  We will explore a wooded section of the Link Trail and North Country Trail in Tioughioga Wildlife Management Area and identify trees as we hike.  Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles.  Meeting Time: 2:00 PM.   Meeting place: Parking lot on Damon Rd, New Woodstock where the Link Trail crosses (2.4 miles east of Rt. 13 in New Woodstock).  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.



OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Central NY Chapter NCT Executive Committee Meetings:  Second Tuesday of January, March, May, September and November.

Central NY Chapter Website:  www.nctacnychapter.org

Main NCTA Website:  www.northcountrytrail.org

Information: CNYNCTinfo@gmail.com


Revised 1/17/2020